Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Suncatcher

Are you ready for another apple activity?  Good!  

Materials needed:
Construction paper
Tissue paper
Watered down glue
Transparency paper

I pre cut (side note: the kids are totally capable, but sometimes I just do it for time constraints) apple shapes by folding a piece of construction paper in half.  This way the apple is symmetrical and it's easier to get the inside out.  Make sense?  
Glue a piece of transparency paper underneath the apple.  Then proceed to paint the watery glue over top and add tissue paper.  Allow to dry and then add to the window.  So pretty!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Apple Pies

I love apple pie.  Actually, I love pie. Any pie.  Unfortunately I'm not a pie maker.  Until now!

During apple week I was trying to find an easy way to make individual apple pies for the kids at school.  This my friends was too easy.  The kids are really to take credit.  And that could be why they turned out so good!

Ingredients Needed:
Pre-made pie crust

1. Peel (not necessary, though) and dice the apples.
2. Stir the apples together with cinnamon and sugar.
3. Roll out dough and cut circles with a cup.
4. Pinch the sides of the crust to make a bowl shape and pour in the apple mixture.  Add a topper and pinch together.
5. I popped them into a 300 degree toaster oven for about 7-10 minutes.

You could get fancy with the tops by putting a lattice on but I'm too lazy and just wanted to munch! I just needed some vanilla ice cream....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tearing Paper to Make Apple Fun!

  School started about a month ago so I'm beginning to get a groove again.  After having my second baby this past spring it's been difficult to get settled.  So with saying that, I'm not going to jinx myself, but I think I'm back.

This past week we had some apple fun.  Take a look at what we've done in the past like, apple books, apple prints, apple math games, apple trees and Apple A's.  Here is what we did this time.

This craft was inspired by Krokotak

We also made another version of our yearly apple tree:

Ripped trunk/branches/leaves
Wine cork stamped apples

I guess I was all about tearing and ripping paper this week!  None the less, it was fun

Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of School Year Art

I had to say good bye to some pretty awesome kids last week.  My little baby birds grew their wings and are taking flight to kindergarten!  One of my favorite projects to do at the end of the year is this super cool multi-media art piece.  I started off just doing it with the kids who were moving on but made a slightly different piece for the younger kids.

This piece is the one the kindergartner-to-be does:

Media: crayon, watercolor, photography and poetry

To take the photo I had each child give me a profile view and pretend they were yelling.  A lot of laughter came from this.  :)  I then asked the children a series of questions like what their favorite color is, what they like to eat, play, etc.  Print, cut, glue.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

For the little guys I had them color and paint like above, but the photo portion was a bit different.  I took them outside and took a series of jumping shots.  Again, a lot of laughter ensued!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Selfie Puzzle

I've been a quite a break from my blogging.  My last post was in December!  I had decided to put getting messy on the back burner and focus on my son and the arrival of baby #2.  I *think* I've figured things out now and have got a solid routine.  I'm sure something will happen and all that will go out the window!  Really, though isn't that what parenting is?  I'm so in love....

Anyways....on to the real post!

We made puzzles from craft sticks and a paper copy of a photo of each child.  The kids loved them!

I added numbers to the top to have them also practice number order.  This was done by the 3's class.  My older class (4's/5's) used smaller craft sticks and we numbered from 1-10.  It proved to be a little trickier for them, which was my goal.

Supplies you need:
Picture of choice printed off the computer
Craft sticks, size is up to you
Glue ( I used both Elmer's school glue and a glue stick, both worked fine)

After the glue has dried you can use a razor blade to slice the sticks apart.  Number the sticks or even write the letters of their name on each stick.

Easy and fun!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No Cook/No Bake Cinnamon Ornaments

Being in a classroom setting with out an oven makes it pretty hard to make those yummy smelling cinnamon ornaments I used to make with my mom.  But then I stumbled upon a recipe for a no cook/no bake cinnamon dough!  I was thrilled!

I found the recipe over at Growing a Jeweled Rose.  (Thank You!!)


  • 1 cup of flour 
  • 1/2 cup of salt 
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  •  3/4 cup of very warm water 

 Combine ingredients, knead together, roll out!  Add a hole if you plan on stringing them.  Simple.  I let mine air dry for approx. 2 days fliping them in between.  I'm not sure why, but mine turned out a very light colored cinnamon.  But, they smell delicious!

After the ornaments were dry enough we painted them!  The paint only took about an hour to dry.  I strung them with hemp rope (my favorite!) and a heart with their name and year printed with a sharpie.  So cute!

Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Christmas Decor for GROWNUPS!

I recently received an email from Minted asking to do a review on their blog site, Julep.  I was happy to help, because I fell in love with all the beautiful, gorgeous ideas they post!  I love to diy at home.  This site is going to help me with some Christmas decor and an upcoming (ahem, drum roll....) baby arrival.  (This is my subtle announcement that I'm having my second little cherub in March.)

I'm wanted to share some of my favorite finds on Julep with you today.
First up, let's decorate!  I'm a HUGE sucker for garland and bunting.  It's so versatile.  Hang it on a tree, on a mantel, over a window, strung across a playroom...endless.  These are all super easy to make.  I wouldn't show you something I couldn't do...
Cozy Pom Pom Garland

Felt Triangle Garland

Easy Knotted Garland

Easy Ball Garland

Ok, now what about DIY gifts?  Do you make your family, friends, co-workers gifts?  I love getting homemade things.  I think it shows someone how much you truly care for them to take the time to make something.  Here are some fun and again, EASY gift ideas I found on Julep.

Embroidered Leather Cuff

Easy & Easier DIY Magnets

DIY Star Combs

Fairy Twig Wands
And just for fun a few others for Christmas...

DIY Winter Themed Guest Book

Scratch Off Activity Advent

Watercolor Gift Wrap
Ok, really I could probably go on and on, but you really just need to search their blog yourself!  Such fun stuff to do (and easy!).  I'm typing as fast as I can because I really want to get started on my garland!

One more thing.  Julep is hosted by  Have you ever heard of them?  I have, but have yet to use them.  This year we are doing the photo collage Christmas card thing, and Minted is where I'm ordering from.  They have SO MANY CHOICES!  It is really hard for me to choose.  Help me out!  Which do you like best?

There you have DIY Christmas has started.  Soon to come will be fun crafts I'm doing with the kids at school!

*This blog was given a monetary gift in exchange for this review.